Whatever Happened to the Metric System?
- How America Kept Its Feet
- Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
- Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-09-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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John Marciano chronicles the origins of measurement systems, the kaleidoscopic array of standards throughout Europe and the 13 American colonies, the combination of intellect and circumstance that resulted in the metric system's creation in France in the wake of the French Revolution, and America's stubborn adherence to the hybrid United States Customary System ever since. As much as it is a tale of quarters and tenths, it is a human drama, replete with great inventors, visionary presidents, obsessive activists, and science-loving technocrats. Anyone who listens to this inquisitive, engaging story will never read Robert Frost's line "miles to go before I sleep" or eat a foot-long sub again without wondering, "Whatever happened to the metric system?"
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By Kevin Hudson on 02-06-15
Incredibly informative. Superbly written & spoken.
What made the experience of listening to Whatever Happened to the Metric System? the most enjoyable?
This is a far-reaching, exhaustively researched book that not only covers every aspect of the modern world's struggle to unify measures, but also deftly paints the historical backgrounds against which each episode is set and to which each is tied. The narrator expertly captures the author's subtle shuttling from academics to wry humor and back again. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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